The Handheld Augmented Reality Project (HARP) has developed an
“augmented reality” game designed to teach math and science literacy skills to middle school students. The
game is played on a Dell Axim handheld computer and uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to correlate the
students’ real world location to their virtual location in the game’s digital world.
What is augmented reality? AR is an environment in which virtual images have been layered on top of those in the…
Back at the start of summer, Google launched Google Gears. They said they were making the web better by making it work offline
This month they launched
a way to make the web more social. They introduced OpenSocial, which is a set of common APIs that make it easy to create
and host social applications on the web. Developers can write an application once and it will run anywhere that supports
the OpenSocial APIs. Those of us using the sites get more applications in more…
I ordered a pair of XO laptop computers from the One Laptop per Child project folks last weekend — one for me and one for (hopefully) a
child in a village somewhere whose name I can neither spell nor pronounce. Not only am I looking forward to playing
with my new Green Toy, but I’m eagerly (and anxiously) anticipating where the “third-world” road that this
technology is paving is going to lead.
Not all noble efforts are without controversy and…
On November 20 Amazon.com released an eBook reader/service called Kindle.
I assume that
the etymology they were following in that name is the verb, to kindle, as in to start (a fire) or light (a
torch). or maybe (the transitive) to arouse or inspire (a passion, etc). (Probably not the obsolete - but cute
- collective term for a group of kittens.)
It has gotten a lot of online reviews, and people have been hard on
it. I doubt that many of the reviewers have even held one or have…
Did you watch Connections on TV in the late 1970’s? It
was a ten-episode documentary television series created and narrated by science historian James Burke.
subtitle of the series was an “Alternative View of Change” because he chucked the usual linear and
teleological view of historical progress, and viewed an event as the result of a series of interconnected events that
connected more like the Internet or your brain than the pages in a history book.
There are many “charities”
that you might turn to during this holiday season. One I chose to write about this Thanksgiving Day has a strong web
connection and an interesting approach to the idea of helping.
It’s Kiva, a site that provides loans to the working poor. Kiva lets you connect with and loan
money to unique small businesses in the developing world. Kiva is a Swahili word meaning “unity.”
can choose someone who is requesting a loan on Kiva.org and “sponsor a…
As a quick follow-up to my post on
using wikis last week, I came across a very good short post in my Bloglines from gearfire.net with 4 suggestions on how
students should use Wikipedia in research.
The preface is
something students have already figured out for most classes: Never cite Wikipedia in an academic paper. But that’s just
for the benefit of your teacher (and your grade) because you should use Wikipedia.
Here’s my take on those suggestions in a classroom…
In September, Randy Pausch, gave his last lecture and told his audience that he was dying of pancreatic
He is a Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon, where he
is the co-director of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). He was a National Science Foundation Presidential
Young Investigator and a Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow. He has done Sabbaticals at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) and
Electronic Arts (EA), and has consulted…
The long buildup to Annapolis, together with Ms. Rice’s many
trips to the region, have given birth to a new verb in Israeli government circles: “lecondel,” meaning, to come and
go for meetings that produce few results. The word is based on Ms. Rice’s first name.
No one would be surprised if I included
in my keynote that today every organization, including education, must incorporate technology into all of its
activities. There might be some raised eyebrows on slide two when I say that considering all the major cultural and
societal organizations, education would come in dead last in accomplishing that goal.
"That needs to change
for schools to meet the challenges of 21st century learning," I would then say as I changed slides.
Writing yesterday about "Shift
Happens" reminds me to say something today about wikis.
I have been trying to get teachers to try using
wikis. It’s still quite a misunderstood tool. When I first suggested that we use one for collaborating on some
professional development activities, one teacher said, “Geez, and we’re telling the students not to use
I had to explain that a wiki is not Wikipedia, and tell them that they should be
teaching their students how to use…
Add CNN to the list of companies entering a virtual world. I had read
reports that CNN would launch November 5, but I could find no links or information until today when it was covered on
their morning news. (When they zoomed in on the reporter’s live laptop screen, the CNN Second Life site was being
griefed by flying
SL averaged 400,000 to 700,000 users over the last year with about 40,000 onine at a time. CNN
figures that Second Life citizens will be willing to…
The tech glass went half empty this past weekend when my
wireless router gave out. I knew something was up last Thursday morning when my Internet connection kept going down.
Unfortunately, it coincided with the webinar I was
doing for HigherEdExperts. Not a good time to lose your connection. I thought it
was my cable modem, but it was the router which totally died Friday. So, out to buy a new one and also upgrade the
Time to make your nominations for the 2007 Edublog Awards. You can
nominate your favorite blogs in education by filling in a quick online form with the blog’s URL, select a category for
the nomunation and give an (optional) reason. Quick & easy.
The nominations & winners are always good
lists of old & new blogs to check out.
You may make as many nominations as you like, however, each nomination may only be to one category.
This is my third and final post this week taken from my notes from the NJEDge.Net Annual Conference are about a talk by Jeffrey Bardzell from Indiana
University’s School of Informatics. It was titled “Massively Multiplayer Online Learning, Or, Why Can’t Blackboard
Be More Like Facebook?” and it was a presentation that I enjoyed. I asked a few people later what they thought, and
it was clearly a hate/love reaction. They thought he was right on the mark, or they weren’t sure what it…
Warren Arbogast (Boulder Management
Group) spoke on rethinking IT service organizations. Good thing this isn’t going to be on the test, because my notes
wouldn’t be much help in studying. Here’s what my I noted during his talk.
A good example to open up your talk on IT
change. According to Bill Clinton in his latest book, when he took
office there were 50 sites on the WorldWideWeb. When he left, there were 9 million.
Barack Obama has on 160,000 friends on Facebook, but
Stephen Colbert reached the one milion mark in 8 days. Then again, Obama has ringtones you can download on his mobile
page. That’s presidential timbre.
The YouTube Campaign and the MySpace sites are still chugging along. At this point, if you don’t
have all three sites, you’re not a real candidate.
October ended, so I went looking into our blogs statistics again. I’m always surprised to see the numbers - 265,765
hits for October and about 1300 visitors a day with most of them looking at things in the archive.
But what I
found interesting this time was the countries outside the United States that visited. Here’s the list in order by top
As I said in my last post, the best part of the conference for me was
reconnecting with a former student of mine, Mary Zedeck. I taught Mary a few decades ago when she was a middle schooler
and I was an English teacher.
So now she’s at Seton Hall University in instructional design. She had two poster sessions at
The one that I want to talk about here involves literature. “Exploring Literary Texts
I attended the NJEDge.Net Annual Conference yesterday and today. I’m not one of those
bloggers who tries to chronicle all the sessions at a conference. Actually, at many conferences I attend I never end up
blogging any specific sessions. That’s not to say that there were no good sessions. In fact, the best sessions are
often the hardest to blog because I know I won’t be able to capture the presentation in a post. I’m more likely to be
inspired by a line or a slide than an entire…